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Santa Monica to Hold Special Pet Adoption Day Saturday

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By Lookout Staff

August 12, 2015 -- Santa Monica’s newly renovated animal shelter is offering discounts Saturday to pet lovers who would like to adopt its rescued cats and dogs as part of “Clear the Shelters,” a first-of-its-kind campaign across Southern California aimed at increasing adoptions.

Available at the Santa Monica Animal Shelter for adoption are 19 dogs and 32 cats, officials said. Total capacity for dogs at the shelter ranges from 25 to 35, depending on the size of the dog. Cat capacity is 76.

The current total adoption fee is typically $148, depending on whether the animal is spayed or neutered, said Santa Monica Police Department Sgt. Rudy Camarena. The adoption fee will be reduced to $20 during “Clear the Shelters,” he said.

 Doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The city’s shelter is located at 1640 9th Street.

Santa Monica is one of 50 animal shelters in Southern California joining in the effort, headed by NBC 4 and Telemundo, Channel 52. The local VCA-Venice Animal Hospital will be onsite at the Santa Monica Animal Shelter offering pet advice from expert veterinarians and their healthcare teams, he said.

Additionally, all pets adopted during the event will receive a limited health guarantee and a gift bag filled with pet essentials.

The special pet adoption day comes at an opportune time for the Santa Monica Animal Shelter. In June,it completed new renovations, including a remodeled feline center with greater capacity and more comfortable accommodations.

Along with a new cat hotel, the shelter’s recent additions include a mobile building that will serve as an intake and examination center. Renovating the shelter’s dog area is next.

Additional information about the Clear the Shelters initiative can be found at www.NBCLA.com/Community.


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